Mount Sinai Careers
Chaplain, Women's Health and Pediatrics
Strength Through Diversity
Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Mount Sinai
Hospital, the Staff Chaplain is responsible for responding to the spiritual
needs of patients, families and staff throughout the organization. The Staff
Chaplain provides spiritual support to patients and their loved ones who are
confronting serious illness, making difficult treatment decisions, feeling
alienated or alone, or experiencing conflict, despair, or feelings of hopelessness.
The Staff Chaplain functions as a team member of the Department of Spiritual
Care and Education at Mount Sinai Hospital and throughout the Mount Sinai
Health System and establishes collaborative relationships with the
interdisciplinary care team, other professionals, and the community.
1. Visit patients on assigned floors, throughout the hospital, and, as
appropriate, in outpatient settings.
2. Assess patient and family spiritual needs and assist families in dealing with illness, trauma, and stress, offer appropriate interventions, and assess the outcomes of these interventions.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide a safe environment and communicate effectively with all age groups of patients served by the Department of Spiritual Care and Education.
4. Participate in the overnight and weekend on-call rotation as needed.
5. Maintain a working relationship between the Department of Spiritual Care and Education and medical staff, nursing staff, and other departments.
6. Participate in interdisciplinary meetings in assigned patient care areas.
7. Liaise with hospital priest and community clergy to ensure patients’ religious needs are met.
8. Precept CPE students, participate in orientation of new students, and teach didactics to CPE students, as needed.
9. Participate in the organization and leadership of holiday services and in special activities connected to Spiritual Care Week and Nurses’ Week, among others.
10. Fulfill all documentation requirements, including appropriate charting in the electronic medical record.
11. Serve on hospital committees as needed.
12. Perform other related duties and activities as requested by the Director of the Department of Spiritual Care and Education.
13. Adhere to all departmental and hospital safety standards.
14. Attend all mandatory in-services.
15. Participate in maintenance of proper administration procedures for department in accordance with institutional policies.
16. Participate in the department’s plan for continuous quality improvement.
17. Adhere to all Mount Sinai Health System standards, policies, and procedures.
18. Adhere to the code of ethics of the Association of Professional Chaplains.
1. Master’s degree with a focus in theology or related fields preferred.
2. At least four units of CPE.
3. Experience working in healthcare chaplaincy.
4. Experience providing care in women’s health and/or pediatrics, preferred.
5. Certified – or certification eligible – by the Association of Professional Chaplains, Neshama: the Association of Jewish Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or the Spiritual Care Association.
General Skills and Competencies
1. Interpersonal skills required to work with distressed and anxious patients, families, and staff.
2. Ability to listen actively and convey calming, accepting, mindful presence and focus on the needs of patients, families and staff.
3. Analytical ability to assess patients’ spiritual needs and sense of well-being and find appropriate and compassionate responses to patients’ issues and concerns.
4. Empathy for the problems experienced by patients and families; commitment to help the distressed.
5. Excellent written and oral communication.
6. Willingness to engage in outcome oriented chaplaincy.
Strength Through Diversity
The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.
We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care.
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Who We Are
Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.